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South Africa/Angola: Bafana Beats Angola

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South Africa will hope for a breakthrough in the mould of Siphiwe Tshabalala's opening goal of the 2010 World Cup.

Pretoria — Bafana Bafana beat Angola 2-nil in their second group stage match of the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) in Durban on Wednesday.

After a disappointing start to the tournament, Bafana did exactly what was needed, collecting the three maximum points.

The host national team went to the match well-aware that there was little room for error if they really wanted to qualify for the next stage of the continental showpiece.

Bafana head coach, Gordon Igesund, made five changes to his starting line-up which played against Cape Verde.

Igesund brought in defender Tshepo Masilela, midfield maestro Dean Furman, playmaker May Mahlangu, pacey striker Tokelo Rantie and Katlego Mphela.

With Furman and Mahlangu marshaling the middle of the park and distributing effortless passes to the two strikers, Mphela and Rantie, Bafana were all over their opponents. This flustered the Angolan defence, which committed more fouls.

A few minutes before half-time, Bafana's no-nonsense defender Siyabonga Sangweni put Bafana in the lead with his volley after the Angolan defence was caught napping.

In the second half, Igesund replaced Mahlangu with Reneilwe Letsholonyane and later, he took out Rantie and brought in Lehlohonolo "Major" Majoro, who did not take long to score Bafana's second goal.

Majoro did not disappoint after he received a long pass from Letsholonyane, trapped the ball and dribbled his way onto the left flank into the box and unleashed a low shot through Angola's goalkeeper.

Angola's marksman Manucho tried to trouble the Bafana defence, but Itumeleng Khune was up to the task.

Following this convincing win, Bafana now lead Group A with four points, however, this might be changed by the second group A match result between Cape Verde and Morocco, especially if one team wins with more than two goals.

Before Bafana's match, all four teams in Group A were level following their goalless draws in their first opening encounters on Saturday.

Bafana will play their last group stage match against Morocco on Sunday at the Moses Mabhida stadium in Durban.

South Africa's starting line-up included Itumeleng Khune, Anele Ngcongca, Bongani Khumalo (captain), Siyabonga Sangweni, Tsepo Masilela, Dean Furman, May Mahlangu, Thuso Phala, Bernard Parker, Tokelo Rantie and Katlego Mphela.

Lama, Lunguinha, Dani Massunguna, Dede, Miguel, Bastos, Pirolito, Geraldo, Guilherme, Manucho and Mateus made up the Angolan side.

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